As a blogger, I may be compensated in some way (either pay, product, or experience) for sharing the post below All opinions are my own. ~Heidi
A few months ago, I had opportunity to share a review for an online social media site for girls, called Always Icecream. Since the writing of that review, the founders of the website have released a new site for boys called Clever Dragons.
=> Both sites are geared toward children ages 7 – 12.
=> They both providing various opportunities for playing and learning. The learning portions include various subjects, such as language arts, math (both basic and advanced), geography, science, music, art, history, computer skills, foreign language, and Bible.
=> Kids love playing the games because they can earn fun rewards like medals (for achievement), virtual pets, and ice cream $coops (Always Icecream) or gold coins (Clever Dragons). These things can be used to access other fun content on the websites.
=> Parents love the sites because they can control the fun. Each week, parents receive e-mail reports with updates on their child’s learning progress. Parents receive a complimentary account, alongside their child’s account, and can use this to enable or disable the “community features” (which enable children to communicate with other members). Parents are also able to customize educational content and reward additional $coops and/or coins for things kids to “in real life” (such as chores and music practice, etc.)
=> Unlike some other social media websites, Always Icecream and Clever Dragons are safe for kids. All content on the websites goes through a moderation process, contains no advertising, and is blocked to search engines.
=> While a large percentage of the children using these websites are homeschooled, homeschooling is not a requirement for membership. The founders are homeschool parents, however, and the educational content on both sites has originated from that personal experience.
Here’s a quick run-down of the features you can expect to find at Always Icecream and Clever Dragons:
- Learning Games and Rewards
- Educational Videos
- Shops and Games to Spend Rewards
- Weekly Progress Report to Parents
- Friends and Profiles
- Comments and Messages
- Entertaining Games and Videos as Rewards
- Social Games like Pet Sitting and Arts Shop
- Moderation prior to being visible to other members
And best of all — Always Icecream and Clever Dragons guarantee your satisfaction. Your child will have fun and learn relevant skills – or you get your money back!!
So, if you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea for that special child in your life, I’d love to recommend a membership to one of these websites. The regular one-year membership price of $29.99 will currently get you an extra 6 months of membership for free (that’s 18 months for the price of 12). You can sign up to join Always Icecream here, or Clever Dragons here. Payment can be made using credit card, debit card, or PayPal.